10 Must-Read Books for Active Kids

We all want to raise healthy, curious kids. As parents, we encourage our children to be active–to run and jump and play. In addition to helping them stay fit, sports and activities can be a gateway to even greater learning.

Reading stories with an active twist can help build on the lessons your child learns in practice and on the field, stretching their minds as their athletic skills improve. After all, in the words of Joseph Addison, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Here are 10 middle grade books–think late elementary and early middle school–that will introduce your child to characters with grit and humor and determination. Choose one or several to inspire your child to practice empathy, to work a little harder and to embrace challenges.

About the Author

Beth Swanson

Beth Swanson is a freelance writer based in Seattle and a parent to two tweens who run, bike, ski, hike and play soccer. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and her blog.

Beth Swanson is a freelance writer based in Seattle and a parent to two tweens who run, bike, ski, hike and play soccer. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and her blog.

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